Woman fined $300 after refusing to stop eating at Changi Airport food court, says "I don't like S'pore"

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A 53-year-old woman was fined $300 for breaching safe distancing rules after she refused to stop eating in a food court at Changi Airport on Monday afternoon (Apr 13).

In response to a Stomp query, the police said they received a call for assistance from a staff member of a food court located at the airport's Terminal 4 (T4) at 1.41pm.

When police arrived at the scene, they established that the woman had continued to consume her food at a table inside the food court, despite being advised repeatedly by food court staff that she was not allowed to do so under elevated safe distancing measures.

The woman left the food court before the police arrived, but they subsequently located her at T4's Arrival Hall and issued her with a composition fine of $300 for breaching safe distancing rules under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020.

"She was advised to adhere to the measures and she left the terminal thereafter," a police spokesman told Stomp.

A video of the incident was posted on Facebook, where it has been viewed more than 266,000 times and shared over 10,000 times.

In the one-minute video, the woman can be heard telling a police officer: "I don't like Singapore. I need to leave Singapore."

She also said: "Are you supposed to detain me? Don't let me to leave Singapore?"

Despite the police officer trying to explain the situation, the woman repeatedly said she would like to leave Singapore and asked: "Can you help me to leave Singapore?"

Members of the public are advised to take the circuit breaker measures seriously. Everyone must play their part for the circuit breaker to be effective.

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